Victor Malarek has been a journalist for four decades. Currently, he is the senior investigative reporter on CTV's award winning investigative current affairs show W5.
From 1976 to 1990, he was an investigative reporter for The Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, and from 1990 to 2000,
he was a co-host of the CBC’s current affairs show: the fifth estate.
In his 20 years in television, he has worked on more than 150 documentaries.
Often described as a crusading reporter, Malarek began his career in journalism as a copy boy at Weekend Magazine in Montreal in 1968.
He joined The Montreal Star in 1970 as a police reporter and a year later broke a front page story that would set the stage for
his move into the world of investigative journalism with an ever fervent commitment to social issues and human rights. The story involved
three teenage boys who hanged themselves with skate laces in a sorely mismanaged Montreal juvenile detention centre over the Christmas holidays.
Malarek has reported from across Canada, the United States, and the European Union, as well as Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran, Kurdistan,
Ethiopia, Somalia, South-East Asia, and Central and South America.
Born in Lachine, Quebec in 1948, Malarek has written six non-fiction books, and one fiction – Orphanage 41 – a mystery
thriller which was released in July, 2014.
His most recent non-fiction: The Johns – Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy It – has been published in the U.S. and Canada.
In it, Malarek lays bare the sordid side of the global flesh trade: the men who fuel the demand for purchased sex. The Johns
is a follow to The Natashas -inside the new global sex trade – which has been published in 12 countries.
In The Natashas, Malarek investigates the buying and selling of women and girls for the worldwide sex industry.
His first book: Hey… Malarek! hit the book stores in 1984. It documents his troubled and tumultuous childhood and teenage
years while in the so-called care of the Quebec child welfare system. In 1989, it was made into a feature movie.
Among his many awards, Malarek’s work has garnered an unprecedented four Michener Awards for “meritorious public service
journalism” presented by the Governor General of Canada. In 1997, he won a Gemini Award as Canada’s top broadcast journalist.